First of August 2002 at "Roseli's Place"

Reported by Valerie Lenz

It was a mild, sunny evening when we arrived. The old tennis court was beautifully decorated with flags and lampions. Red and white flowers were on every table.As the sun was slowly setting, we listened to the taped sounds of church bells from Switzerland and the speech by Bundesprasident Kaspar Villiger. Then our honored guest, the Swiss Consul General Roland Quillet welcomed the crowd with a short but interesting speech.

Meanwhile our kitchen-helpers were busy setting-up the dinner buffet tables laden with tasty "fleischkase" and potato salad, plus a colorful variety of vegetable salads. Later followed by equally tempting selection of delicious desserts and fruits, homemade cookies, cakes and pies donated by club members. A big "THANK YOU" goes to our chef Joe Ott and his invisible helpers for a wonderful dinner and a great job well done.

As dusk settled it was time for the children's lampion parade. Gradually all the lampions were lit and the children got in line, followed by parents and guests. The band, playing old Swiss songs, headed the parade and led us through romantic, winding garden paths past the cherry orchard, past the chicken coup, past the pool and back to the old tennis court. It was a memorable experience for the children and grown-ups alike.

A hearty "thank you" goes to Roseli Dieffenbach for letting us use her beautiful garden setting, and also to all the committee members and numerous volunteers for setting-up, preparing and donating food, and eventually, after everybody had gone home… staying to clean up. We realize it is a huge job and we appreciate all your efforts. It was an event never to be forgotten!

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